Some 8,000 Syrian refugees return home from Turkish camps: paper

11:07, July 22, 2011      

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Around 8,000 Syrian refugees have returned home so far from Turkish camps, which were setup earlier to receive the Syrians who fled the violence in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shghour, local daily al-Watan reported Thursday.

The residents of Jisr al-Shghour who took shelter in the Turkish camps are returning home gradually despite the difficulties, such as the lack of transportation, the paper said, adding that the overall number of those who took shelter in Turkey up-to-date is 15,000.

In a related context, al-Watan said the situation in the central province of Homs is still calm despite cracks of gunfire which are heard now and then in some streets in the city, adding that security forces are conducting "qualitative and delicate" operations to track down armed men hiding in crowded areas to avoid the army and security forces.

The city of Homs has become the focal point of protests after bloody incidents were reported in the city.

According to activists, more than 13 people were killed on Tuesday in Homs after clashes with security forces, and 30 others over the weekend in the city, which is a dangerous escalation in violence stemming from the country's four-month protests.

The Syrian government said 1,200 members of security forces and army personnel had died since the eruption of protests. According to activists, more than 1,600 civilians have died and some 10,000 have been detained.

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